Born and raised in Iran, Saeed earned his Ph.D. in quantitative finance from the City University of New York. He is a senior advisor on Iran at FDD specializing in Iran’s economy and financial markets, sanctions and illicit finance.

He teaches finance at Baruch College of New York. Saeed has a BS in engineering from the University of Tehran and an MS in engineering from Ecole Speciale des Travaux Publics in Paris.

Saeed’s work has been published in The Wall Street JournalCNBCFox NewsForeign PolicyBusiness InsiderThe Weekly StandardThe National InterestNational Post (Canada), Hurriyet (Turkey), Arab News, and The Jerusalem Post.  He has also been quoted and interviewed by The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Wall Street JournalFox NewsForeign PolicyBild, and BBC Persian.